File puptcrit/puptcrit.0811, message 295


Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2008 18:15:22 -0500
To: puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Polymer Clay frustration


Someone told me you can boil some sculpey like products like femo and
cernit . I'm not sure.  I have never tried it.  I bake at 200 for 15
minutes or until the whiteness just begins it get brown at the edges.
Super sculpey is just not very strong.  Any one ever try boiling work?
 Doll makers are up on this stuff.

On Mon, Nov 17, 2008 at 9:48 PM, Mathieu René <creaturiste-AT-primus.ca> wrote:
> Thanks to all who replied.
>
> I have received a private message warning me that the exagerated weakness I
> was experiencing may be due to overbaking.
>
> My oven is indeed old, and since one element has broken recently, it's
> probably not that accurate in temperature.
>
> I baked various brands in the past, always following instructions, in
> different ovens, and indeed, my results were stronger, even when using
> Sculpey 3.  Still, most polymer clays I tried are more brittle than
> manufacturers are willing to admit.
>
> I'm not giving up on them quite yet, as I really want to break into the Art
> doll world, as a sideline.
> I'll try Cernit and Pro-sculpt next chance I get, thanks for the
> suggestions,  Liz and Richard!
>
>
> I did try Cernit once, but it was a very old unopened package, turned
> brittle, unworkable. Following some online tip which I "twisted" a bit, I
> revived it by kneading into it, a very small amount of petroleum jelly.
> Worked like a charm. The clay was strong and smooth to work with. but I am
> curious how much stronger a fresh batch would be.
> The orignal tip was to use a tiny amount of petrooleum jelly to prep some
> baked polymer clay to receive some unbaked, so that the baked total would
> fuse into a single piece. I figured it was worth a try, to see if the jelly
> could be used as a solvent. There is no sign of weaknes caused by the jelly,
> nor of any oily residue.
> I made that test creature many months ago. Some kind of chemical reaction
> must happen upon baking.
>
>
>
>
>
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Richard Johnson" <djdick-AT-georgiasouthern.edu>
> To: <puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org>
> Sent: Monday, November 17, 2008 9:18 PM
> Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Polymer Clay frustration
>
>
> You might try Prosculpt fro Jack Johnston.   I have made puppet heads with
> prosculpt and have had almost no breakage.
> Richard Johnson
> -----Original Message-----
> From: puptcrit-bounces-AT-puptcrit.org [mailto:puptcrit-bounces-AT-puptcrit.org]
> On Behalf Of Mathieu René
> Sent: Monday, November 17, 2008 3:46 AM
> To: puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org
> Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Polymer Clay frustration
>
> Getting back to it, I noticed the second leg has cracked too.
>
> I can't even yell my rage right now, as I don't want to wake the whole
> building up.
>
> I would patch the leg cracks either with:
>
> - hot glue (any excess wiped and scraped off),
>
> or...
>
> -Weldbond-soaked pieces of paper towels, inserted with a sharp tool.
> This should help with stability. Super glue is no good when the piece will
> risk a bit of movement, and more polymer clay would just crack in the same
> position.
>
>
> Since time is of the essence (one-day shipping tomorrow), I'll use the hot
> glue method.
>
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